New players in AL Central Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey Division

KANSAS CITY — New faces abound in the American League Central in 2018, some young and some old. And we’re not talking about Frosty the Snowman, who has made an appearance in every AL Central park from Detroit to Kansas City here in April.

Let’s go around the horn in the AL Central and check out the new guys.

KANSAS CITY — New faces abound in the American League Central in 2018, some young and some old. And we’re not talking about Frosty the Snowman, who has made an appearance in every AL Central park from Detroit to Kansas City here in April.

Let’s go around the horn in the AL Central and check out the new guys.

Indians
Who’s the new guy?
First baseman Yonder Alonso

Video: CLE@MIN: Alonso homers to right field, call confirmed

How’s it going so far? Through 16 games, Alonso has a .196/.274/.375 slash line to go with three home runs and nine RBIs. Like most of the Indians’ lineup, Alonso’s slow start was impacted by an extremely Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  cold stretch of games in Cleveland.

What’s on deck? Alonso’s .195 batting average on balls in play is the ninth-lowest mark in the AL. That, combined with other peripheral statistics, indicate a positive regression is coming.

Number to know: 8. Alonso is one of 16 players in MLB with at least eight barrels, per Statcast™..

Royals
Who’s the new guy?
Rookie left-hander Tim Hill

Video: CWS@KC: Hill fans Sanchez to record first strikeout

How’s it going so far? Incredib Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey ly well. Hill perhaps was a long shot to make the 25-man roster entering Spring Training, but his funky sidearm delivery caught the coaching staff’s eyes immediately. Hill’s fastball sits around 91-92 mph, and extensive work on his slider (“It’s still improving,” manager Ned Yost said.) this spring is paying off, as AL hitters are still som Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ewhat baffled by his repertoire.

What’s on deck? More high-leverage situations. As the rest of the Royals’ bullpen wobbles, Hill and closer Kelvin Herrera have been Yost’s most reliable go-to guys. Yost and his staff had been hoping to bring Hill along slowly, but now the Royals may have no choice but to use Hill from the eighth inning on.

Number to know: 0. That’s the number of hits Hill has given up in his first seven appearances.

Tigers
Who’s the new guy?
Leonys Martin

Video: DET@CLE: Martin cranks solo HR over right-field wall

How’s it going so far? Martin has filled the leadoff and center-field roles surprisingly well, covering more range in the gaps at Comerica Park than probably anybody since Austin Jackson‘s rookie year. Offensively, Martin scored nine runs in his first 14 games, including the go-ahead tally Tuesday after reaching base on a bunt single.

What’s on deck? Martin is in line to get close to everyday playing time in center now that JaCoby Jones is getting the bulk of the starts in left. With Dixon Machado having cooled off from his start, Martin is safe in the leadoff spot for the near future.

Number to know 5. Those are the Outs Above Average Martin earned in about a half-season of playing time last year between the Mariners and Cubs. He’s on track to top that in Detroit.

Twins
Who’s the new guy?
Designated hitter/first baseman Logan Morrison

Video: MIN@PIT: Morrison scores Sano on an RBI double

How’s it going so far? Morrison has struggled offensively so far since signing a one-year deal in Spring Training. He was brought in to be a power bat from the left side after a breakout year with the Rays last year, when he clubbed 38 home runs. Morrison has yet to break out of his slump this season, and he has produced only one extra-base hit (a doub Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap le) in 44 at-bats this season.

What’s on deck? The Twins believe Morrison will get it going offensively based on his track record, so he’ll continue to be the everyday designated hitter and backup to Joe Mauer at first base. Morrison has also had to adjust to playing in cold weather early this season, so the hope is his bat will heat up with the weather.

Number to know: 3. The number of hits for Morrison in his first 12 games with the Twins.

White Sox
Who’s the new guy?
Right-hander Bruce Rondon

Video: DET@CWS: Rondon strikes out Cabrera swinging in 8th

How’s it going so far? The hard-throwing right-hander came up from Triple-A Charlotte to replace an ineffective Juan Minaya in Chicago’s bullpen and has been unhittable in a small sample size. Rondon’s 100 mph velocity and a sharp slider to go with it gives the White Sox a potential closer, or at least another late-inning option.

What’s on deck? Look for Rondon to continue getting late-inning, high-leverage opportunities, although the White Sox have Nate Jones and Joakim Soria in place in the closer’s role. At 27, Rondon could be a newfound part of the rebuild, or he could end up being a great trade chip if he continues pitching well.

Number to know: 5. Rondon struck out the first five batters he faced this season, including his old friend and Detroit teammate Miguel Cabrera, who gave Rondon a knowing wink after a slider got him

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap on Twitter @FlannyMLB.


Chicago White Sox,
Minnesota Twins,
Cleveland Indians,
Detroit Tigers,
Kansas City Royals

Daniel Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey Norris to make spot start Friday

DETROIT — Three weeks after Daniel Norris broke camp in the Tigers’ rotation, the young left-hander will make his first start of the season in the nightcap of Friday’s day-night doubleheader against the Royals. Expect a discussion among team officials on how and where to get him innings after that.

When the Tigers chose to keep Norris in their bullpen rather than option him to Triple-A Toledo when Mike Fiers joined the rotation just over a week ago, the challenge was to get the young lefty enough innings to not only keep his arm fresh, but to allow him to work on the adjustments he has made with pitching coach Chris Bosio.

View Full Game Coverage


DETROIT — Three weeks after Daniel Norris broke camp in the Tigers’ rotation, the young left-hander will make his first start of the season in the nightcap of Friday’s day-night doubleheader against t Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey he Royals. Expect a discussion among team officials on how and where to get him innings after that.

When the Tigers chose to keep Norris in their bullpen rather than option him to Triple-A Toledo when Mike Fiers joined the rotation just over a week ago, the challenge was to get the young lefty enough innings to not only keep his arm fresh, but to allow him to work on the adjustments he has made with pitching coach Chris Bosio.

View Full Game Coverage


Norris threw 3 1/3 critical innings in Chicago on April 5 that kept Detroit close enough for a comeback win, then tossed three more innings in Cleveland last Wednesday. The combination of deep starts and miserable weather kept Norris out of action since.

In that sense, Friday’s twin bill — including a makeup of an April 4 game that was postponed due to cold weather — is a blessing. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Norris will be stretched out to around 75 pitches if everything goes right, which should give th Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey e 24-year-old a good challenge against a  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap Royals lineup that entered Wednesday batting an American League-best .286 against left-handed pitchers.

That will likely be the extent of Norris’ work for the Tigers’ current homestand, which ends Sunday. Detroit begins a two-city, six-game road trip Tuesday in Pittsburgh, where the Tigers will have to figure out their bench for Interleague Play without the DH slot available. But the time away from home could also put a premium on bullpens.

“He wants to be in the big leagues,” Gardenhire said of Norris, “and he is in the big leagues. We’re trying to get this thing righted where we’re using him correctly. We’ve all said that you have to have starting pitching, and he’s one of them. We’ll see how it goes along here. We’re gettin Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap g him into the rotation here, but we’ll see after that.

“I just think we need him stretched out and pitching, not sitting so much, because we’ll need pitching as we go along. We’ve already seen that. Those are conversations that we’re going to have now that [Bosio] is back. We want to do the right thing and talk with the bosses to make sure he’s prepared for when we really need him in the rotation. I’ve said that from the get-go and it’s been kind of a little bumpy ride. But we got him in there, scheduled to go the secon Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey d game of the doubleheader.”

Quick hits
• Michiganders who lost power in the weekend ice storm have sympathy. Detroit catcher James McCann said he lost electricity at the area home where he and his family are staying, and didn’t regain it until late Tuesday night. Fortunately, he said, a generator at the house kept enough things running for him and his wife Jessica to take care of their twin boys.

• The Tigers braved temperatures in the low 30s and took batting practice outside Wednesday morning for the first time since Friday afternoon. It could be their last BP outside for a couple days, with snow potentially accumulating overnight into Thursday morning, then a day-night doubleheader Friday.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


Detroit Tigers,
Daniel Norris

Dixon Machado walks Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey off Tigers over Orioles

DETROIT — The weather was chilly again at Comerica Park, but despite a 36-degree first-pitch temperature, Dixon Machado didn’t seem to notice.

“Today was great,” said Machado, whose first career walk-off home run finally decided a back-and-forth affair with a 6-5 Tigers win over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon. “When the sun is out, it doesn’t feel that bad.”

View Full Game Coverage


DETROIT — The weather was chilly again at Comerica Park, but despite a 36-degree first-pitch temperature, Dixon Machado didn’t seem to notice.

“Today was great,” said Machado, whose first career walk-off home run finally decided a back-and-forth affair with a 6-5 Tigers win over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon. “When the sun is out, it doesn’t feel that bad.”

View Full Game Coverage


Between the sun, the hitting and the bullpens, a frigid afternoon for hitters heated up late, with the two teams scoring eight runs over the final two innings. For Machado, the bigger discomfort was the dogpile that awaited him as he rounded the bases on his second Major League home run, making sure he put his foot on each base.

“They punched me. They threw water, ice, everything,” Machado said. “That’s OK. If we’re winning, that doesn’t matter.”

Video: BAL@DET: Machado on hitting walk-off HR, gets doused

 Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey That’s the philosophy seemingly guiding the Tigers through the comebacks and opposing rallies of the first few weeks. Whatever happens during the game, from an early pitching duel to two blown leads over the final two innings, Detroit never seems to be out of any contest. The Tigers keep competing, as manager Ron Gardenhire emphasizes, right to the final out. They’ve brought the tying run to the plate in the final inning of their losses more often than not, and they boast more ninth-inning runs (11) than in any other frame.

“This team is fun to watch. Nobody can deny that,” said catcher John Hicks, whose three-run homer in the eighth gave the Tigers a short-lived 5-4 lead entering the ninth.

Video: BAL@DET: Hicks slugs go-ahead three-run homer in 8th

What had been a pitching duel for the first six innings broke open once the bullpens took over. Matthew Boyd‘s 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball and Miguel Cabrera‘s sixth-inning solo homer on his 35th birthday sent the Tigers into the eighth inning with a 2-1 lead. The top third of the Orioles’ lineup reached base safely and scored to begin the inning off Daniel Stumpf and Drew VerHagen, highlighted by Manny Machado‘s RBI single up the middle.

Once Chris Davis doubled off the top of the left-field wall, the Orioles had a 4-2 lead to hand to setup man Darren O’Day, who struck out Cabrera for the first out before back-to-back one-out hits set up Hicks, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his first three at-bats of the day, and 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts on the season up to that point.

“After my third at-bat, I was sitting at the end of the bench like, ‘Get past it,'” Hicks said, “‘go up there with a fresh mindset and, honestly, just get yourself comfortable in the box.'”

Said Gardenhire: “You can do one of two things: You can sit there and let it happen, or you can do something about it. And this team did something about it.”

This is what the Tigers continue to do, even after the Orioles’ Luis Sardinas greeted closer Shane Greene with a home run leading off the top of the ninth to erase the lead Hicks’ homer had just created.

Video: BAL@DET: Sardinas belts a solo homer to tie it in 9th

“When Hicks hit his home run, we thought we had it, but they came back,” Machado said. “That’s baseball. But we didn’t give up. We keep looking forward.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Machado ends it: Machado had never faced O’s reliever Pedro Araujo at any level, but the second baseman admitted he was thinking about a home run as he stepped into the batters box. After taking a first-pitch fastba Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey ll outside, he was anticipating Araujo trying to come back inside on him. Machado turned on Araujo’s heater and sent it just over the left-field wall.

“‘If he throws in, just try to hit it out,'” Machado said he told himself. “He threw it right in my spot. When I saw the left fielder turn around and kind of give up, I said, ‘OK, that’s a homer.'”

SOUND SMART
While Boyd became the first Tigers left-hander since at least 1908 to deliver six or more innings of one-run ball or better in his first three starts of a season, his no-decision also made him the first Major League pitcher since Pedro Martinez in ’94 to do that and not earn a win in any of those starts, according to Baseball-Reference.com. 

Video: BAL@DET: Boyd fans six in strong one-run outing

HE SAID IT
“I’m good now. We won. I hit a home run [and] a double.” — Cabrera, on what he wants for his 35th birthday

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
JaCoby Jones went from first to third on a hit-and-run play as Jose Iglesias grounded to short following Jones’ Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  leadoff single in the seventh. After a quick look on replay, however, the Tigers challenged, arguing Iglesias beat the shortstop Machado’s throw to first. A 57-second review overturned the out call, giving Iglesias an infield single and putting runners on the corners with nobody out.

Video: BAL@DET: Iglesias safe at first after call overturned

UP NEXT
Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 8.18 ERA) faces Orioles starter Alex Cobb (0-1, 17.18 ERA) in his first start since taking a line drive off his right jaw in Cleveland last week as the Tigers wrap up their series against the O’s with a 1:10 p.m. ET first pitch Thursday at Comerica Park. MLB Network will pick up the telecast for fans outside the Detroit market.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


Detroit Tigers

Miguel Cabrera h Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey omers on birthday vs. Orioles

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera tends to hit especially well on his birthday. The Tigers slugger celebrated turning 35 on Wednesday with his 464th career home run, a sixth-inning solo homer and a 6-5 win over the Orioles at Comerica Park.

That’s enough of a gift for him.

View Full Game Coverage


DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera tends to hit especially well on his birthday. The Tigers slugger celebrated turning 35 on Wednesday with his 464th career home run, a sixth-inning solo homer and a 6-5 win over the Orioles at Comerica Park.

That’s enough of a gift for him.

View Full Game Coverage


“I’m good now,” Cabrera said after the game.

Cabrera also got a leg up in his back-and-forth race with Adrian Beltre on the all-time Major League home run list, moving out of a tie for 35th place. Cabrera’s next home run will tie him with Dave Winfield for the next spot on the list. 

Cabrera left Tuesday’s game as a precaution with lower back tightness, but he was in good health and spirits as he entered the clubhouse Wednesday morning. Teammates serenaded him on his birthday, while manager Ron Gardenhire made sure Cabrera was good to play.

“I asked the manager to take me out because my back started getting tight,” Cabrera said. “I got back spasms last year when we played in Minnesota and my back was tight, and then I hurt my groin. So I don’t want to do that this year. I want to be with the team 162 games. I want to be out th Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ere trying t Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap o do my best.”

Cabrera entered the day 19-for-50 with five doubles, two homers and nine RBIs on his birthday, recording a hit in 11 of the past 12 years when the Tigers have played on April 18. He opened Wednesday’s game with a double to the left-field wall off O’s starter Kevin Gausman, tying Cabrera with Chipper Jones for 29th on the all-time Major League doubles list with 549.

Video: BAL@DET: Cabrera ties Chipper Jones on doubles list

After grounding out in the third inning, Cabrera came up leading off the sixth and cleared the left-field wall. The line drive left his bat at just a 19-degree angle, but the ball had a 109.9-mph exit velocity for his second home run of the year, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Even Cabrera wasn Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey ‘t sure if the ball was headed out.

“If we were playing in Baltimore, I’d say, ‘Yes,'” Cabrera said. “Here, you never know. It was kind of a line-drive Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  type ball. I was not sure if it was going to be out. I was thinking in my mind, ‘You’ve gotta get a double right here. You have to get to second.'”

That home run put the Tigers on top until the eighth inning, when the two sides began trading rallies off each other’s bullpens. Cabrera was due up fourth in the ninth if Detroit could get a runner on base, but Dixon Machado‘s home run leading off the frame took care of matters while Cabrera was getting ready in the clubhouse.

Video: BAL@DET: Machado delivers walk-off homer in the 9th

“I was here inside the clubhouse looking for the coffee, because it started getting a little bit more cold,” Cabrera said. “But when I got the first coffee drink, I see Machado hit a home run and I was like jumping here in the clubhouse. Victor [Martinez] looked at me Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey  and said, ‘What are we going to do?’ I said, ‘Now we have to wait here.’ It was an exciting moment and I’m happy we won this game.”

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for M Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap LB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


Detroit Tigers,
Miguel Cabrera

Wednesday’s Orioles-Tigers game ch Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey anged

DETROIT — The Tigers, already subject to six weather-related postponements this season, have moved up the start time for Wednesday’s game ag Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey ainst the Orioles in effort to avoid another rainout. Wednesday’s game is now scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. ET start, moved up from an original start time of 6:40 p.m.

Tuesday’s game is still on for a 6:40 p.m. ET first pitch.

DETROIT — The Tigers, already subject to six weather-related postponements this season, have moved up the start time for Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in effort to avoid another rainout. Wednesday’s game is now scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. ET start, moved up from an original start time of 6:40 p.m.

Tuesday’s game is still on for a Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale  6:40 p.m. ET first pitch.

The Tigers made the move after consulting with the O’s as well as MLB, which has input on games when the visiting team isn’ Custom Angels Jersey t scheduled to come into town again.

The Tigers are coming off a lost weekend of games against the Yankees, with two games postponed due to all-day rain Saturday and an ice storm Sunday. While Tuesday provided chilly but dry conditions, Wednesday’s forecast calls for a strong chance of rain all evening, potentially turning to snow late.

Moving up Wednesday’s game time was preferable to risking another rainout and scheduling a doubleheader for Thursday.

“The weather looks really bad late in the afternoon,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We don’t want any more doubleheaders, and I don’t think the Orioles do, either. They’ve been through it, too. So the right thing happened here: Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey  Move the game up to 1 o’clock and try to beat the weather.”

The Tigers already have a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Friday against the Royals, making up a postponement from two weeks ago. The Orioles are scheduled to fly back to Baltimore on Thursday night for a homestand beginning Friday night.

Tickets for Wednesday’s game are good without exchange. Fans who can’t attend the afternoon game may exchange their unused tickets for any future similar- or lesser-priced game on the Tigers’ regular-season home schedule over the next 12 months, except for Opening Day next season.

“I’ve been in the game a pretty good while. This is probably the biggest run of toug Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey h weather,” Gardenhire said. “And it’s not just us; it’s all northern teams. But you just have to deal with it. Baseball throws a lot of stuff a Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap t you. We’ve played in some pretty ugly days out there, and we’ve had to bang a few, so we’re going to have some doubleheaders coming up, which will be taxing. But it’s part of the thing. A lot of teams are in the same boat.”

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


Baltimore Orioles,
Detroit Tigers

Victor Martinez reflects on heal Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey th scare

Victor Martinez can see his father, in the faintest flashes of memory.

In one such snapshot, Guillermo Martinez is holding a broomstick behind his neck as he twists from side to side, loosening up his chest and abdominal muscles. In another, Guillermo is napping on a hammock, and Victor and his brother are swaying in the suspended bed back and forth, giggling as loose change falls out their dad’s pants pockets.

“Then we’d start tapping him on the head,” Martinez remembers with a big grin, “telling him, ‘Get up! Get up!'”

And then there’s the third memory that springs to mind. The one when a 7-year-old Victor comes home from school to find his father’s body being hauled away.

Guillermo passed away from a heart attack at age 66. Because the recollections of his father are so few and so fleeting, and ultimately, so painful, the 39-year-old Victor has dedicated his adult life to spending as many moments with his own children — son, Victor Jose, and daughters Maria Victoria, Barbara and Camila — as his baseball career would possibly allow. When Victor Jose, the oldest child, reached school age in 2010, Martinez actually considered quitting baseball, until somebody explained to him the possibility of having his kids home-schooled so they could go wherever his baseball travels took him, and Martinez then decided to home-school his kids.

As a result, 13-year-old Victor Jose has basically grown up in a Major League clubhouse, his presence coloring the better part of Martinez’s extraordinarily productive 16 years in the bigs, including this 2018 season that is, in all likelihood, Martinez’s last.

“You know,” the Tigers designated hitter said with a satisfied smile, “it’s been a pretty beautiful ride.”

That ride, though, nearly ended abruptly last summer, when Martinez, perhaps as a matter dictated by DNA, began having serious heart issues of his own. The experience was scary, but it has given him an even deeper appreciation for his place in the game and his role as a dad.

*****

Bottom of the seventh, two out, tie game, runner aboard, and the guy on the mound at Comerica Park was throwing about 100 mph. It was the kind of situation the skilled, switch-hitting Martinez, who in this moment last June 15 was seven hits away from his 2,000th, has thrived in a time or two. And he would come through here, too, albeit with the help of a fielding foible.

Jumbo Diaz tried to sneak one of those fiery fastballs past Martinez for strike three, and he fouled the pitch back to prolong the at-bat. Then, Diaz went to the slider, and Martinez sent a bouncing ball to the left-hand side that ate up shortstop Shane Robinson, allowing Martinez to reach and the go-ahead run to score.

But while Robinson was visibly frustrated with the error, Martinez was the one with his head down, hands upon his knees as he tried to gather himself at first base.

“My heart’s beating fast,” a sweating, shaking Martinez said to first-base coach Omar Vizquel.

Vizquel placed his hand on Martinez’s chest and felt the rapid thump.

“Do you want to run?” Vizquel asked.

“No, no,” Martinez replied, “I want to get out.”

The Tigers summoned a pinch-runner, as Martinez made the slow trek back to the dugout.

“I felt like I was going to fall over,” he says now.

Later that night, as the Tigers celebrated what became a walk-off win on a Miguel Cabrera homer, Martinez was taken for testing at the Detroit Medical Center, where he stayed overnight.

“My heart rate was still like 160 to 170,” he says. “They had to electroshock me to bring it down.”

The next day, the note on the transaction wire was unusual and alarming:

*Victor Martinez placed on 10-day disabled list (irregular heartbeat)

“It’s a little bit scary,” then-manager Brad Ausmus told reporters. “It’s not something at his age that you generally consider an issue or worry about.”

Martinez’s family history had him worried. When his father passed away, it was the third time he suffered a heart attack, so it wasn’t hard for Martinez to connect the dots, to go down the dark mental road of imagining his kids enduring the same loss he had suffered as a child. Martinez’s initial time on the DL was brief (he was back in the lineup by June 28), but the recurring arrhythmia caught up with him again after a game in late August, when his heart was racing uncontrollably in the clubhouse.

This time, a cardiac ablation — a procedure in which tissue allowing incorrect electrical signals is scarred or destroyed to prevent abnormal heart rhythms — was recommended.

“The doctor told me some basketball players and other professional athletes have come back from it and had a pretty normal life,” Martinez says. “But as simple as they say it can be, it’s the heart, you know? I was definitely really nervous.”

******

Martinez’s surgery last August ended his season but saved his life. His doctor told him he could begin working out as soon as 10 days post-op, but the offseason allowed him to take it slow. He began ramping up his physical activity in December, and by that point he had no doubts that he would be able to fulfill the final year of his contract with the Tigers.

From the team perspective, doling out regular at-bats to a 39-year-old designated hitter might not be ideal for a rebuilding ballclub. But in his offseason conversations with general manager Al Avila, Martinez was adamant that he could show up to Spring Training healthy and contribute. And he proved as much with a strong spring in which his bat looked rejuvenated, even if his hair had noticeably grayed.

Age and creaky knees limit Martinez’s ceiling, but he still shows flashes of the All-Star of old, such as his going 3-for-4 with a homer— his first of the season — with two RBIs vs. the Orioles in the Tigers’ 4-2 win on Tuesday night. In 48 plate appearances across 12 games, Martinez is 13-for-42 with that one homer, four doubles, four walks and eight RBIs.

“I’m so thankful to God to be in this position,” he says. “When I first got this thing [the heart issue] and I was waiting for all these charts, and first going through the process of it, there were points where I thought I might not be able to play.”

It’s impossible to know if Martinez is past the heart problem. His doctors told him roughly 80 percent of people who have the ablation don’t need a second one, and so far he — just like Indians manager Terry Francona, who had the same procedure last July — falls within that range of 80 percent, much to the relief of the many people in baseball who know Martinez to be, well, all heart.

“I think he’s so special to everybody around here,” says Francona, who managed Martinez in Boston. “He says he feels great, so that’s good. I certainly don’t want him to get a bunch of hits and beat us, but he’s such a great kid. Everybody loves him.”

Martinez knows he’s fortunate to still have a spot in this game. And though he stops short of definitively declaring 2018 to be his final season, he speaks like a man at peace with the approaching finish line.

“Honestly? I’m ready,” he says. “I’ve got no regrets. I know I left everything in this game. I think the biggest problem for athletes is they don’t know what to Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey  do after baseball. That won’t be my problem.”

In Okeechobee, Fla., about an hour and 20 minutes from Martinez’s home, there is a 2,500-acre cattle farm he owns called “Victoria’s Ranch.” There, Martinez, following in the footsteps of his uncles in his native Venezuela and his wife Margret’s family, breeds and raises roughly 700 Angus cows before selling them around 6-8 months old. In the bustling Tigers clubhouse, Martinez pulls out his phone and smiles as he watches a video he took while riding one of his 18 horses through the fields, herding the cattle from one pasture to another.

It’s peaceful out there, a place where a man who has spent his life hunting hits in front of screaming sports fans can bask in the quiet interrupted only by mooing cows. And Martinez’s love of life on the farm has been passed down to his kids, who visit with him and learn how to take care of the animals.

“It’s beautiful,” he says again.

Soon, baseball will no longer be a daily part of their lives, but Victoria’s Ranch is another place for Martinez to teach his kids about w Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale ork ethic. To bond with them. To give them a lasting image of their dad at his most content.

“I want to make sure I enjoy my kids,” he says, “because you just never know.”

Victor Martinez can see his father, in the faintest flashes of memory.

In one such snapshot, Guillermo Martinez is holding a broomstick behind his neck as he twists from side to side, loosening up his chest and abdominal muscles. In another, Guillermo is napping on a hammock, and Victor and his brother are swaying in the suspended bed back and forth, giggling as loose change falls out their dad’s pants pockets.

“Then we’d start tapping him on the head,” Martinez remembers with a big grin, “telling him, ‘Get up! Get up!'”

And then there’s the third memory that springs to mind. The one when a 7-year-old Victor comes home from school to find his father’s body being hauled away.

Guillermo passed away from a heart attack at age 66. Because the recollections of his father are so few and so fleeting, and ultimately, so painful, the 39-year-old Victor has dedicated his adult life to spending as many moments with his own children — son, Victor Jose, and daughters Maria Victoria, Barbara and Camila — as his baseball career would possibly allow. When Victor Jose, the oldest child, reached school age in 2010, Martinez actually considered quitting baseball, until somebody explained to him the possibility of having his kids home-schooled so they could go wherever his baseball travels took him, and Martinez then decided to home-school his kids.

As a result, 13-year-old Victor Jose has basically grown up in a Major League clubhouse, his presence coloring the better part of Martinez’s extraordinarily productive 16 years in the bigs, including this 2018 season that is, in all likelihood, Martinez’s last.

“You know,” the Tigers designated hitter said with a satisfied smile, “it’s been a pretty beautiful ride.”

That ride, though, nearly ended abruptly last summer, when Martinez, perhaps as a matter dictated by DNA, began having serious heart issues of his own. The experience was scary, but it has given him an even deeper appreciation for his place in the game and his role as a dad.

*****

Bottom of the seventh, two out, tie game, runner aboard, and the guy on the mound at Comerica Park was throwing about 100 mph. It was the kind of situation the skilled, switch-hitting Martinez, who in this moment last June 15 was seven hits away from his 2,000th, has thrived in a time or two. And he would come through here, too, albeit with the help of a fielding foible.

Jumbo Diaz tried to sneak one of those fiery fastballs past Martinez for strike three, and he fouled the pitch back to prolong the at-bat. Then, Diaz went to the slider, and Martinez sent a bouncing ball to the left-hand side that ate up shortstop Shane Robinson, allowing Martinez to reach and the go-ahead run to score.

Video: TB@DET: Kinsler comes home on Robertson’s error

But while Robinson was visibly frustrated with the error, Martinez was the one with his head down, hands upon his knees as he tried to gather himself at first base.

“My heart’s beating fast,” a sweating, shaking Martinez said to first-base coach Omar Vizquel.

Vizquel placed his hand on Martinez’s chest and felt the rapid thump.

“Do you want to run?” Vizquel asked.

“No, no,” Martinez replied, “I want to get out.”

The Tigers summoned a pinch-runner, as Martinez made the slow trek back to the dugout.

“I felt like I was going to fall over,” he says now.

Later that night, as the Tigers celebrated what became a walk-off win on a Miguel Cabrera homer, Martinez was taken for testing at the Detroit Medical Center, where he stayed overnight.

“My heart rate was still like 160 to 170,” he says. “They had to electroshock me to bring it down.”

The next day, the note on the transaction wire was unusual and alarming:

*Victor Martinez placed on 10-day disabled list (irregular heartbeat)

“It’s a little bit scary,” then-manager Brad Ausmus told reporters. “It’s not something at his age that you generally consider an issue or worry about.”

Martinez’s family history had him worried. When his father passed away, it was the third time he suffered a heart attack, so it wasn’t hard for Martinez to connect the dots, to go down the dark mental road of imagining his kids enduring the same loss he had suffered as a child. Martinez’s initial time on the DL was brief (he was back in the lineup by June 28), but the recurring arrhythmia caught up with him again after a game in late August, when his heart was racing uncontrollably in the clubhouse.

This time, a cardiac ablation — a procedure in which tissue allowing incorrect electrical signals is scarred or destroyed to prevent abnormal heart rhythms — was recommended.

“The doctor told me some basketball players and other professional athletes have come back from it and had a pretty no Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap rmal life,” Martinez says. “But as simple as they say it can be, it’s the heart, you know? I was definitely really nervous.”

******

Martinez’s surgery last August ended his season but saved his life. His doctor told him he could begin working out as soon as 10 days post-op, but the offseason allowed him to take it slow. He began ramping up his physical activity in December, and by that point he had no doubts that he would be able to fulfill the final year of his contract with the Tigers.

From the team perspective, doling out regular at-bats to a 39-year-old designated hitter might not be ideal for a rebuilding ballclub. But in his offseason conversations with general manager Al Avila, Martinez was adamant that he could show up to Spring Training healthy and contribute. And he proved as much with a strong spring in which his bat looked rejuvenated, even if his hair had noticeably grayed.

Age and creaky knees limit Martinez’s ceiling, but he still shows flashes of the All-Star of old, such as his going 3-for-4 with a homer— his first of the season — with two RBIs vs. the Orioles in the Tigers’ 4-2 win on Tuesday night. In 48 plate appearances across 12 games, Martinez is 13-for-42 with that one homer, four doubles, four walks and eight RBIs.

Video: BAL@DET: Martinez skies a two-run homer to left

“I’m so thankful to God to be in this position,” he says. “When I first got this thing [the heart issue] and I was waiting for all these charts, and first going through the process of it, there were points where I thought I might not be able to play.”

It’s impossible to know if Martinez is past the heart problem. His doctors told him roughly 80 percent of people who have the ablation don’t need a second one, and so far he — just like Indians manager Terry Francona, who had the same procedure last July — falls within that range of 80 percent, much to the relief of the many people in baseball who know Martinez to be, well, all heart.

“I think he’s so special to everybody around here,” says Francona, who managed Martinez in Boston. “He says he feels great, so that’s good. I certainly don’t want him to get a bunch of hits and beat us, but he’s such a great kid. Everybody loves him.”

Martinez knows he’s fortunate to still have a spot in this game. And though he stops short of definitively declaring 2018 to be his final season, he speaks like a man at peace with the approaching finish line.

“Honestly? I’m ready,” he says. “I’ve got no regrets. I know I left everything in this game. I think the biggest problem for athletes is they don’t know what to do after baseball. That won’t be my problem.”

In Okeechobee, Fla., about an hour and 20 minutes from Martinez’s home, there is a 2,500-acre cattle farm he owns called “Victoria’s Ranch.” There, Martinez, following in the footsteps of his uncles in his native Venezuela and his wife Margret’s family, breeds and raises roughly 700 Angus cows before selling them around 6-8 months old. In the bustling Tigers clubhouse, Martinez pulls out his phone and smiles as he watches a video he took while riding one of his 18 horses through the fields, herding the cattle from one pasture to another.

It’s peaceful out there, a place where a man who has spent his life hunting hits in front of screaming sports fans can bask in the quiet interrupted only by mooing cows. And Martinez’s love of life on the farm has been passed down to his kids, who visit with him and learn how to take care of the animals.

“It’s beautiful,” he says again.

Soon, baseball will no longer be a daily part of their lives, but Victoria’s Ranch is another place for Martinez to teach his kids about work ethic. To bond with them. To give them a lasting image of their dad at his most content.

“I want to make sure I enjoy my kids,” he says, “because you just never know.”

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.


Detroit Tigers,
Victor Martinez

Pitching Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey coach Chris Bosio back with Tigers

DETROIT — Tigers pitchers weren’t the only ones getting restless from all the time away from the field. So was their pitching coach.

Chris Bosio had been away from the team since being hospitalized for a personal medical issue last Monday in Cleveland. But when the Tigers opened their three-game series against the Orioles Tuesday at Comerica Park, Bosio was there, back to work.

View Full Game Coverage


DETROIT — Tigers pitchers weren’t the only ones getti Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale ng restless from all the time away from the field. So was their pitching coach.

Chris Bosio had been away from the team since being hospitalized for a personal medical issue last Monday in Cleveland. But when the Tigers opened their three-game series against the Orioles Tuesday at Comerica Park, Bosio was there, back to work.

View Full Game Coverage


“He’s back,” manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday. “He told me he can’t take it. He’s fired up. He’s back doing it, and he’s happy to be here.”

Bosio was not available for comment.

Bosio was originally expected to miss two weeks after doctors recommended he take a break. He ended up doing scouting reports and other work from home, sending them to the staff at Comerica Park while watching games on television. Bullpen coach Rick Anderson handled the in-game duties, but he will now move back to his main job, with A.J. Sager returning to the road for his duties as Minor League pitching coordinator.

It wasn’t clear if doctors’ recommendations on Bosio changed or if the stress of being away from the team was tougher on Bosio than the original healt Custom Angels Baseball Jersey h issue.

Video: DET@CLE: Boyd nabs comebacker, turns double play

Tigers rotation shuffled

Bosio gets back to work with a Tigers pitching staff that spent the weekend gaining unexpected rest while also trying to get in work to keep arms fresh. Pitchers threw bullpen sessions in the indoor batting cages of Comerica Park on Sunday.

Francisco Liriano was originally scheduled to start Saturday before the weekend rainouts against the Yankees and Monday’s off-day pushed him back.

Like Liriano, Matthew Boyd will be pitching on seven days’ rest when he takes the mound Wednesday, as will Jordan Zimmermann when he pitches Thursday’s series finale and Michael Fulmer when he starts Game 1 of Friday’s day-night doubleheader against the Royals.

Daniel Norris, who has been pitching long relief since Mike Fiers‘ return a week and a half ago, will get a spot start when he pitches Friday’s nightcap. Fiers, who pitched last Friday against the Yankees, will start Saturday.

Video: DET@CLE: Norris strikes out Encarnacion in the 2nd

Wilson believes in his pitching

Alex Wilson‘s struggles in Spring Training were nothing alarming, given his history of struggles. Once the season begins, he usually finds his command and takes his role. His recent difficulties raised the question whether his spring shadow followed him north, but Wilson believes he has been more a victim of tough luck in situations than bad pitching.

“I’ve been worrying,” Wilson said Saturday. “Nobody wants to start the season with what I’ve done.”

Wilson threw three scoreless innings in the Tigers’ Opening Day marathon on March 30 before giving up a three-run home run to Gregory Polanco on a 3-0 pitch in his fourth frame. His other loss came last Tuesday in Cleveland, where he gave up a go-ahead home run on a 2-0 fastball to Roberto Perez.

Wilson noted he has been playing the percentages on pitches based on hitters’ scouting reports.

“I’m doing everything I’m supposed to be doing,” Wilson said. “I’m just not getting the results. I feel like I’m doing everything right.”

Quick Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey  hits

• The Tigers have re-signed Minor League catcher Kade Scivicque, their fourth-round Draft pick from 2015, whom they traded a year later to Atlanta for Erick Aybar. Scivicque, who split last season between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett, was released by the Braves earlier this month. He reported to Double-A Erie to work alongside highly regarded catching prospect Jake Rogers.

• Arvicent Perez, who had been backing up Rogers at Erie, was sent to extended spring training, where he’ll get some work pitching as he explores a position change.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


Detroit Tigers

Liriano, Vi Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey ctor Martinez lead in Tigers’ win

DETROIT — Despite bone-chilling temperatures, the Tigers had just enough heat to outlast the Orioles on Tuesday night. Backed by a solid start from Francisco Liriano and a two-run home run from Victor Martinez on his three-hit night, Detroit wo Custom Angels Baseball Jersey n, 4-2, to take the first game in a three-game series over Baltimore.

“Good pitching night for us,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We caught the ball pretty decent and [it was] a nice win. Been waiting a pretty good while here to get a win, so it’s a nice win.”

View Full Game Coverage


DETROIT — Despite bone-chilling temperatures, the Tigers had just enough heat to outlast the Orioles on Tuesday night. Backed by a solid start from Francisco Liriano and a two-run home run from Victor Martinez on his three-hit night, Detroit won, 4-2, to take the first game in a three-game series over Baltimore.

“Good pitching night for us,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We caught the ball pretty decent and [it was] a nice win. Been waiting a pretty good while here to get a win, so it’s a nice win.”

View Full Game Coverage


Video: BAL@DET: Gardenhire on Liriano’s start in 4-2 win

Liriano was sharp for much of the evening. Despite the cold and a pair of two-out singles in the first, he kept the Orioles’ hits limited in the first four innings, allowing only two singles in the first and a solo home run to Trey Mancini in the third. In his five innings, Liriano tallied 10 swings-and-misses against Baltimore, giving up only two runs on the night. His seven strikeouts, two of which came against Chris Davis, were a season high.

Video: BAL@DET: Martinez skies a two-run homer to left

The Tigers’ 2-1 lead would be broken briefly in the fifth inning, when Baltimore’s Adam Jones hit an RBI single to tie the game at 2. However, the inning ended when Manny Machado attempted to take third and was called out, squelching the spark that had been brewing for the Orioles. A dazzling inning-ending grab by Niko Goodrum in the fourth, combined with Liriano’s inning-ending strikeout of Danny Valencia in the first with two on, were equally important in limiting the O’s damage for the night.

With Liriano putting up a solid start, it was Martinez who gave the offense the spark it needed. The first Tigers hit of the nig Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey ht resulted in a two-run home run for a 2-0 lead, and in the bottom of the fifth, Jeimer Candelario hit a wall-bouncing RBI triple to deep right-center field. That run pushed the Tigers ahead of the Orioles for a 3-2 lead, and a fourth run on a wild pitch in the eighth secured their fifth win of the season.

Video: BAL@DET: Candelario belts an RBI triple in the 5th

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Goodrum saved a fourth inning that was threatening to go poorly for Detroit. With two batters on and two out, Luis Sardinas smacked a 92-mph fastball to left field, which came within feet of going out. Goodrum’s leaping snag not only prevented a run from scoring and tying the game at best, but it also ended the threat and kept the Tigers ahead.

Video: BAL@DET: Goodrum leaps at the wall for a clutch grab

“The wind was tough today,” Goodrum said. “It was going all different directions. Sometimes it looked like it slowed down, and then it would push. It wasn’t too hard tracking [the ball], it was just trying to play with the wind [to catch the flyout in the fourth inning].”

SOUND SMART
Liriano’s seven strikeouts marked his most in a game since June 14, 2017, when he pitched a seven-inning game with the Blue Jays. Toronto beat Tampa Bay, 7-6, with Liriano allowing only two runs and striking out nine.

MIGGY LEAVES GAME WITH BACK TIGHTNESS
In the ninth inning, the Tigers ann Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale ounced that Miguel Cabrera had left the game with lower back tightness. He was replaced by JaCoby Jones at first base. Cabrera was hitless in Tuesday’s game, but he drew two walks from the Orioles, both intentional.

Video: BAL@DET: Cabrera exits with back stiffness in 9th

After the game, Gardenhire said that Cabrera’s back was “just a little stiff” and he simply took Cabrera out of the game due to the cold weather for precautionary reasons.

UP NEXT
Left-hander Matthew Boyd will get the start for Detroit against the Orioles’ Kevin Gausman on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET. Boyd has allowed only two runs in his past 13 innings, but he w Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey ill need to remain sharp, as he has given up six doubles and three home runs to Orioles batters from 2015-17.

Catherine Slonksnis is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit.


Detroit Tigers,
Jeimer Candelario,
Francisco Liriano,
Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez hi Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey ts first home run of 2018

DETROIT — After the rough season that Victor Martinez went through in 2017, Tuesday night was the continuation of a refreshing change. In the second inning of the Tigers’ 4-2 win over the Orioles, Martinez walloped his first home run of the season, a two-run dinger that nearly cleared the bullpens.

Tuesday not only marked the fourth multi-hit game for Martinez, but it was also his second three-hit game of the season. It was the first hit of the night, however, that provided the Tigers with the crucial run support they needed to remain in the game.

View Full Game Coverage


DETROIT — After the rough season that Victor Martinez went through in 2017, Tuesday night was the continuation of a refreshing change. In the second inning of the Tigers’ 4-2 win over the Orioles, Martinez walloped his first home run of the season, a two-run dinger that nearly cleared the bullpens.

Tuesday not only marked the fourth multi-hit game for Martinez, but it was also his second three-hit game of the season. It was the first hit of the night, however, that provided the Tigers with the crucial run support they needed to remain in the game.

View Full Game Coverage


“It’s great [to see him hitting well],” Buck Farmer said of his teammate. “He’s a huge part in our lineup, so him getting three knocks [is great]. Not only that, but the games before that, swinging the bat not only from the left side but from the right side, too, is great to see.”

Martinez’s home run put the Tigers up, 2-0, with Nicholas Castellanos scoring after he drew a walk to start the inning. Andrew Cashn Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap er retired the Tigers 1-2-3 in the first inning, but Martinez tattooed the 91-mph fastb Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey all well enough to keep it out of the park.

The home run continues a hot streak that Martinez has been on, a sharp contrast to the conclusion of his Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale  disappointing 2017. With Tuesday’s homer, Martinez now has 10 hits in his past eight games, with three doubles and five RBIs in that stretch. He recorded a three-hit game on Tuesday, with singles in the sixth and eighth innings.

Martinez was plagued with ongoing heart problems last season, and he missed the final month of the 2017 season because of an irregular heartbeat that required a heart ablation procedure.

Catherine Slonksnis is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit.


Detroit Tigers,
Victor Martinez

T Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey igers’ homestand continues vs.Orioles

DETROIT — The Tigers homestand continues with the Baltimore Orioles in town April 17-19 and the Kansas City Royals April 20-22. Detroit is scheduled to face Baltimore at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday before ending the series with a 1:10 p.m. finale on Thursday. The Tigers will conclude the homestand with a four-game series with the Royals, starting with a split doubleheader on Friday, April 20 with the first game set to begin at 1:10 p.m. and the second game tentatively scheduled for a 7:10 first pitch. The final two games against Kansas City will begin at 1:10 p.m. 

Secure Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale  tickets to a summer of historic celebrations that will showcase the great tradition of Detroit Tigers baseball, starting at as low as $12. Fans have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets at the Comerica Park Box Office on Witherell Street, online at tigers.com, or by calling 866-66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information regarding group and suite tickets, call 313-471-BALL (2255).

DETROIT — The Tigers homestand continues with the Baltimore Orioles in town April 17-19 and the Kansas City Royals April 20-22. Detroit is scheduled to face Baltimore at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday before ending the series with a 1:10 p.m. finale on Thursday. The Tigers will conclude the homestand with a four-game series with the Royals, starting with a split doubleheader on Friday, April 20 with the first game set to begin at 1:10 p.m. and the second game tentatively scheduled for a 7:10 first pitch. The final two games against Kansas City will begin at 1:10 p.m. 

Secure tickets to a summer of historic celebrations that will showcase the great tradition of Detroit Tigers baseball, starting at as low as $12. Fans have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets at the Comerica Park Box Office on Witherell Street, online at tigers.com, or by calling 866-66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information regarding group and suite tickets, call 313-471-BALL (2255).

•   Leinie Summer Party Pack: For every Friday and Saturday game at Comerica Park this season, fans can purchase this party pack and receive a game ticket plus a voucher for a Leinenkugel’s draft beer for as low as $19. For more details, please visit tigers.com/leinies. 

•   Weekday Value Pack: For as little as $18 or $20 per person, fans can enjoy a Tigers weekday regular season home game with the Weekday Value Pack, which includes four-or-more upper grandstand tickets with four hot dogs, four soft drinks and four individual bags of potato chips. For complete information, please visit tigers.com/valuepack. 

•   Tigers Digital Ballpark Pass: Get a ticket to every Tigers home game from May through September for just $29.99 per month with the Tigers Digital Ballpark Pass. All tickets will be digitally delivered to your mobile device. To order your digital pass or for more information, please visit tigers.com/pass. 

•   Sunday Family Value Deal: Families can enjoy the Sunday Family Value Deal for as little as $20 per ticket for any Sunday regular season home game. For further details, please visit tigers.com/value. 

Tuesday, April 17 vs Baltimore Orioles at 6:40 p.m. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.

•   The Detroit Tigers will be giving away Grand Slam Values Coupon Books for all fans prior to the game.

•   The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Dan Romzek. 

Wednesday, April 18 vs Baltimore Orioles at 6:40 p.m. Gates Open at 5:00 p.m.

•   The Detroit Tigers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are joining together to host Kyle Van Houten on Wednesday night at Comerica Park. Kyle will have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch in celebration of World Wish Day on April 29. 

•   The national anthem will be performed by vocalist DeLorean Cotton.

Thursday, April 19 vs Baltimore Orioles at 1:10 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.

•   Journalism Day: Prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Detroit Tigers will host Journalism Day, the first program in the Class Outside Series, presented by Oakland University. The Class Outside Series combines classroom curriculum with the ga Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey me of baseball. Students will hear from various journalists who cover professional sports. These speakers are from the journalistic specializations of television, radio, print, digital a Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap nd social media. The event is headlined by NBC Host and Play-by-Play Announcer Mike Tirico and features: Oakland University Coordinator of Athletic Communications Max King, The Detroit News Photographer Robin Buckson, Detroit Tigers Bilingual Media Relations Coordinator Bryan Loor-Almonte and Detroit Tigers Digital and Social Media Manager Mac Slavin. FOX 2 News Anchor Amy Andrews will be hosting the event. Tickets are still available and can be p Custom Angels Baseball Jersey urchased by visiting tigers.com/classoutside.

•   The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Marcus Shelton.

Friday, April 20 (Gm. 1) vs Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.

•   The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Caleb Gutierrez.

Friday, April 20 (Gm. 2) vs Kansas City Royals at 7:10 p.m. (Tentative) Gates Open at 5:30 p.m. 

•   Jack’s Place for Austim: To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Tigers will be supporting Jack’s Place for Austism throughout the month of April in an effort to raise awareness and support for individuals with autism and their families. The Tigers will hold a pre-game ceremony prior to the game on April 20 and will air the Jack’s Place PSA prior to all upcoming Tigers home games from April 13-30.

•   The national anthem will be performed by the DTE Singers.

Saturday, April 21 vs Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.

•   Girl Scout Day Ticket Package: Girl Scouts and their families can enjoy a day at the ballpark as they watch the Tigers take on the Royals. Each package includes a game ticket, a Detroit Tigers Girl Scout Day Patch and a donation to the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.

•   The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Haley Whitmore, representing Girl Scouts.

•   Jack’s Place for Austim: On April 21, Jack’s Place for Autism will have an informational table on the concourse at Gate A, so fans can receive more information about the organization and its contributions to autism awareness.

•   The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Erin Etoroma 

Sunday, April 22 vs Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. Gates Open at 11:30 a.m.

•   Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will be tossing the ceremonial first pitch.

•   Earth Day Ticket Package: Fans can support The Greening of Detroit by purchasing an Earth Day Ticket Package on April 22. Each package includes a game ticket, a Detroit Tigers Earth Day T-shirt and a donation to The Greening of Detroit, which works to enhance the quality of life for Detroiters by planting trees and repurposing the land to create beautiful and productive green spaces, helping communities rebuild their neighborhoods one lot at a time.

•   Berkley High School Ticket Package: The Tigers are hosting the Berkley High School Community and are offering a special ticket package, which includes a game ticket, a Detroit Tigers/Berkley High School hat and a donation to the Berkley High School Baseball Program. Tickets still remain for this group event and can be found at tigers.com/berkley.

•   Birmingham Groves High School Ticket Package: The Tigers continue to support local-area high schools as they host Birmingham Groves High School on April 22. Each package includes a game ticket, a Detroit Tigers/Birmingham Groves High School hat and a donation to the Birmingham Groves High School Baseball Pr Custom Angels Jersey ogram. To purchase a ticket package, please visit tigers.com/groves.

•   Chevy Youth Baseball Kids Day – Kids in attendance will have the opportunity to partake in free face painting, free rides on the Carousel and Ferris Wheel and the opportunity to celebrate with the Tigers Party Patrol at the Big Cat Court. Courtesy of Aquafina, kids will also get the chance to run the bases after the game, weather permitting.

•   The Detroit Tigers will be giving away Grand Slam Values Coupon Books for all fans prior to the game.

•   The national anthem will be performed by St. John Choir. 

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone — a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premiere sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit has delivered $1.2 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.

Traffic Updates: Fans can find alerts and alternative routes with the MLB.com Ballpark app. We recom¬mend tuning to WWJ 950 AM for up-to-the-minute updates on traffic alerts and closures. 


Detroit Tigers